The Geography of Health Inequalities in the Developed World: Views from Britain and North America

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Geography, sociology, and various branches of medicine are represented in studies of the geographical variation in health in the US, Canada, and Britain, where the issue has grown beyond the attention of scientists and caught the attention of policy makers. They cover historical and contemporary variations, methods and models, and theoretical dimensions. Among specific topics are the origins of social class mortality differentials, interpreting income inequality and mortality in Canada and the US, the effect of the modifiable areal unit problem in modelling the distribution of limiting long-term illness in northern England, and the case of recovery from myocardial infarction. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754613985
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Health Geographies in the Developed World 3
2 The Origins of Social Class Mortality Differentials 37
3 Locality-level Mortality and Socio-economic Change in Britain since 1920: First Steps Towards Analysis of Infant Mortality Variation 53
4 The Widening Gap - Health Inequalities in Britain at the End of the Twentieth Century 77
5 Why is Mortality Higher in Unequal Societies? Interpreting Income Inequality and Mortality in Canada and the USA 103
6 Does Migration Exaggerate the Relationship between Deprivation and Self-reported Limiting Long-term Illness? 129
7 Measuring the Geographic Effects in a Model of Depression among the Elderly in Canada 149
8 Local Geographies of Health Inequalities 177
9 The Relationship of Population Density, Postcode Sector Hectarage and Area Deprivation to Premature Mortality in Four Scottish Cities 199
10 Evaluating the Absolute and Relative Income Hypotheses in an Exploratory Analysis of Deaths in the Health and Lifestyle Survey 219
11 Identifying Area Effects on Health: A Comparison of Single- and Multi-level Models 245
12 The Effect of the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem in Modelling the Distribution of Limiting Long-term Illness in Northern England 267
13 Limiting Long-term Illness and Locality Deprivation in England and Wales: Acknowledging the 'Socio-spatial Context' 293
14 The Fallacy of the Equivalence of a Range of Household and Area-based Indicators of Material Resources in the Geography of Health Inequalities 309
15 Combining the Social and the Spatial: Improving the Geography of Health Inequalities 333
16 Siting Wealth and Illness: The Case of Recovery from Myocardial Infarction 351
17 From Recognition to Practice: Gradients, Inequality and the Social Geography of Health 371
Index 389
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